rex desilets wrote:I cannot fathom the lust for any modern diesel model, all lumps and bumps and boxes, produced in brass. There are, I suppose, plastic versions of same, that can be bought and converted to 2-rail for less than the cost of a good used automobile.
Unless, of course, the putative buyer intends to mount it under glass with spotlights illuminating it.
Disclaimer; The following is intended for a good smile, not offence.
The younger crowd has to see this and roll their eyes (because they stereotypically don't go to "humourous" as a default). You do realise the prototype in question was first built a full half century ago or more? "Modern"? To most modellers today (most are younger than us) they are as historic as some teakettle built before the Great War was to us in the '60s. A Dreyfus Hudson or a PRR T1 was only half that age when we were young model builders. Grin!
As far as your statement, if one is remotely neurotic about ones rivets, most of the plastic 3-rail versions aren't worth the converting. Even if you could get good handrail stanchion sets to replace those awful foldups (kept as an homage to Lionel postwar), you still are stuck with that dreadful twin motor drive (kept as an homage to Lionel postwar), overwide trucks with frames cut away to clear, &c. O scale seems satisfied, nay grateful, to be stuck with RTR diesel models the equivalent in fidelity of Tyco in HO.
Which brings us back to fifty-year-old standards accepted as "modern" for the current day.